Photograph the Camas Lilies on the Camas Prairie

Idaho Centennial Marsh Parking Area

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Photograph fields of wildflowers on the Camas Prairie between Boise and Sun Valley. As a bonus, enjoy a picnic lunch while watching the rich diversity of birds at Centennial Marsh.

Each spring the Camas Prairie comes alive with acres of vibrant Camas lilies. The bloom lasts from late May to mid-June.

From Route 20 turn south onto Wolf Lane east of Hill City, following the Centennial Marsh Wildlife Management Area signs. The road is dirt but passable for sedans.Stop at the Centennial Marsh parking lot for picnic tables and excellent bird watching. The wildflowers, combined with the Solider Mountains as backdrop, make for beautiful photo opportunities.

Tip: to see more Camas lilies, continue south on Wolf Lane, turn right onto Stokes Road, then turn right onto Swamp Road. Swamp Road will return you to Route 20 west of Hill City.

There are few services near the Centennial Marsh so plan ahead for food, water, and bathrooms.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Water
  • Binoculars
  • Picnic lunch
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What a gem of a place for photos and scenery. I love the mountain views and the Camas Lilies. A place you could just drive by without seeing. The local native Americans - I believe Shoshone Bannocks - gathered Camas root to store as winter food, and they traveled far and wide to collect them. Beautiful and nutritious

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Sara SheehyExplorer

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